Terrazas De Los Andes 2012 Malbec Reserva, Mendoza
Item Number: 55 39 188 12
Terrazas De Los Andes is an Argentine winery with an interesting history. Established in 1960 by the Champagne producer Moet and Chandon. This was the first property owned by Moet located outside of France. Clearly they were ahead of their time and continue to be. This sleek Malbec Reserva is perfect example. Sourced from the high altitude vineyards in Finca Las Compuertas and Finca El Pedregal all hand harvested, destemmed and macerated over 21 days. The 100% Malbec wine aged 14 months in 1/3 new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 92 saying "This is seamless with extremely fine tannins and gorgeous subtle dark fruits with black licorice. Hints of nuts too. Drink or hold." and Antonio Galloni scored it 90 points saying "Full red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, mocha and coffee on the nose, plus a hint of licorice pastille. Silky-smooth and sweet, even thick, but with enticing floral lift to the very ripe flavors of cherry, currant and mocha. Finishes with broad, sweet, building tannins and noteworthy richness. (I should note that an earlier sample of at least equal quality seemed much more tightly wound and primary, and showed a cooler character to its fruit. Its tannins were very suave, but this sample's clarity and energy suggested that it will need a couple years of additional cellaring.)"